Creativity

Photos: Inspiration Behind Creative Spaces

In a recent TED Talk, innovator Daan Roosegaarde called creativity “the new capital.” As organizations continue to accelerate digitization, effectiveness and efficiencies are no longer enough to grow the business. Organizations are looking for ways to boost the creativity of their people to encourage innovation.

Steelcase and Microsoft recently joined together to launch Creative Spaces, an immersive ecosystem that brings together space and technology to help people generate new ideas and move them forward. This new set of Creative Spaces includes a range of places and technologies to enable a creative rhythm. The collection of spaces includes places to focus, collaborate, make, ideate and rejuvenate.


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Designers thoughtfully crafted the initial five Creative Spaces to enhance the kinds of work they are intended to support. Like every organization, each Creative Spaces application will be unique. In the photo galleries below, Steelcase and Microsoft invite you inside the initial five Creative Spaces.

Focus Studio

Focus Studio

The Focus Studio supports individual creative work time and the ability to get into flow quickly while also allowing quick shifts to two-person collaboration.

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Focus Studio

The mix of cork, metal and fabric in this Focus Studio bring natural materials and color inside creating a sensory-rich environment.

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Focus Studio

This Focus Studio is inspired by nature. Cement outside and cork inside surrounds the space with natural material.

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Focus Studio

This copper accent light creates a purposeful moment of pause, ushering in a sense of calm into this workspace.

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Focus Studio

A cactus adds texture to the space. Paired with a succulent, these elements can provide positive associations and an antidote to the antiseptic, anonymous look of standard offices.

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Storage with integrated lighting slides open and becomes an extension of the work area.

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Focus Studio

Warm, inviting colors extend into the graphics and styling in this Focus Studio.

For more information about the specific products seen within this Focus Studio, visit Creative Spaces by Steelcase and Microsoft.

Duo Studio

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Duo Studio

The Duo Studio helps build trust — two people can co-create shoulder-to-shoulder while also supporting individual work. It captures the energy of co-creation and bringing others in to help the creation process.

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Duo Studio

In the Duo Studio, teams may be working for long periods of time. Snacks give people a reason to stand up, walk around and feel energized. This kind of personalization can speak to a team’s culture.

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Duo Studio

In this Duo Studio, different types of materials connect and converge. The mix of fabric, metal and bold patterns create a feeling of movement. The high contrasts add an energetic feeling to the space.

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Duo Studio

An informal lounge setting creates a place to relax and re-energize during intense work sessions. Umami’s graphic pattern adds an influence of pop art.

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Duo Studio

The avant-garde graphic alongside geometric rigid forms and plants creates a natural energy and personality that’s bold and expressive.

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Duo Studio

The Duo Studio supports the generation of ideas, as a result, people may spend a lot of time in this space. This bookshelf adds a place for readily available resources to keep the stream of consciousness going.

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Duo Studio

The colors, graphic design elements and cues within this Duo Studio communicate a specific style created for the people who own the space.

For more information about the specific products seen within the Duo Studio, visit Creative Spaces by Steelcase and Microsoft.

Ideation Hub

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Ideation Hub

The Ideation Hub is a high-tech destination that encourages active participation and contributions from everyone. Here people can co-create, refine and share ideas with co-located or distributed teammates.

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Ideation Hub

Ideation is a mentally taxing, goal-oriented mode of collaboration. These bold graphics provide a playfulness while still giving people a sense of privacy by blocking outside distractions.

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Ideation Hub

The Ideation Hub is designed to support teams who will be working in longer sessions. This hospitality area encourages people to get up, walk around and take a breather.

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Ideation Hub

Colors in this Ideation Hub’s hospitality area are intentionally playful bringing in a more informal atmosphere.

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Ideation Hub

Cheerful, approachable colors and patterns add a welcoming feeling to the space.

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Ideation Hub

The Ideation Hub provides a place for people to spread out working materials or items for inspiration while brainstorming with teammates.

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Ideation Hub

Texture is important even in small doses. This warm texture adds to a curated, eclectic mix of materials to this Ideation Hub.

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Ideation Hub

Places designed to support creativity can be enhanced with both digital and analog ways to display ideas and inspiration.

For more information about the specific products seen within the Ideation Hub, visit Creative Spaces by Steelcase and Microsoft.

Maker Commons

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Maker Commons

The Maker Commons encourages quick switching between conversation, experimentation and concentration. Here, people can socialize ideas and engage in rapid prototyping — essential parts of creativity.

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Maker Commons

Informal meeting areas provide places for people to touch down, leave and come back. Physical objects and technology come together to generate and move ideas forward.

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Maker Commons

At home, people create a unique, eclectic style by adding pieces over time. At work, a layering of textures gives the space a sense of being contributed to over time. It speaks to the personality of the people who work there.

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Maker Commons

The Maker Commons offers a range of places people can do different types of work. To achieve privacy and focus in open areas, the Brody WorkLounge with privacy screens creates a cocoon-like environment where people can bring their mobile devices and do focused work.

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Maker Commons

The Maker Commons allows people to work alone, but not feel alone. Some creative work can be energized by a more relaxed atmosphere, ambient noise and movement found in social spaces.

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Maker Commons

Inspiring pieces, such as this magazine holder, adds movement to the space in natural tones. Placing physical objects throughout the space encourages people to pick them up -- offering an opportunity for inspiration.

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Maker Commons

Pillows, blankets and plants all help this Maker Commons feel more communal, creating a warm place where people want to come together.

For more information about the specific products seen within the Maker Commons, visit Creative Spaces by Steelcase and Microsoft.

Respite Room

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Respite Room

The Respite Room is designed with the understanding that creativity requires balancing active group work with individual think time. Here, people may generate their own ideas without interruption or spend time absorbing information they just heard.

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Respite Room

To add visual interest, this pillow provides a focal point in this Respite Room without being overwhelming.

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Respite Room

This warm, red, desaturated rug gives people looking for respite something to sink into and creates a more informal feel in this space.

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Respite Room

Lighting can make a big difference in how a space feels. In this Respite Room, lighting is minimal, toning down the space.

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Respite Room

By making sure people have a place to store their materials, people are able to feel at home and organized within the space.

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Respite Room

This hint to the northern lights provides this Respite Room with a connection to nature while adding an element of privacy for the person working inside. This abstract element intentionally creates a softness while adding a focal element.

For more information about the specific products seen within the Respite Room, visit Creative Spaces by Steelcase and Microsoft.

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